If you are looking for the perfect drink to boost your immune system – you are in the right place. It is rare to know of someone who has not suffered from common cold or cough. Cold and cough occur mainly due to tiny infectious things called a virus. You will be surprised to know there are more than 200 types of virus. The most common being the rhinovirus. Moreover, there are viruses like coronavirus, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza.
You usually catch a cold when a virus attaches itself to the lining of either your throat or nose. It is during this time your immune system defends against the germs. Thus sending out white blood cells to fight with the virus invading your nose or throat. Because your throat is inflamed due to the virus it makes a lot of mucus. Therefore, making you feel tired and weak. Reason for the fatigue is – your body’s energy is spent fighting with the virus. If you do not have a strong immune system it is not able to defend the germs causing cold and cough symptoms to arise.
Remember, you are prone to catch a cold when you are extremely tired or have allergies in the nose, throat or under emotional turmoil. This is the time when your Immune System is tested. Kids are normally more prone to catching a cold or flu because they come in close proximity to other kids. Moreover, kids do not always sneeze in their handkerchiefs and nor do they regularly wash hands before eating.
Thus, it is extremely important to understand what to drink and how to make it in order to boost your Immune System.
Wellness Works brings to you an age-old drink with origins in Ayurveda. Doctors who recommend ayurvedic methods to boost the immune system always suggest drinking Manjal Kashayam.
You can make this drink under 15 minutes and the ingredients are easily available in your kitchens.
1 tsp cardamom (small elaichi)
1tsp cloves (laung)
2 tsp carom (ajwain)
2 tsp peppercorn
2tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
5-6 medium long sticks of cinnamon (dal cheeni)
2 tspn of grated raw turmeric or 3 tspn of dry turmeric or haldi powder
2 tspn of grated raw ginger or 3 tspn of dry ginger or adrak powder (saunth)
Jaggery or honey (as per taste is optional)
1.5 litres of water
Take all the dry ingredients and grind them to a coarse powder. Keep it aside.
Take a pan of 1.5 litres of water and keep it on a stove. Add the grated ginger and turmeric to the water. Now add the dry ingredients all at once.
Let the mixture of wet and dry ingredients boil for 5-10 minutes in medium flame. Make sure to keep an eye on the pan – as the water may boil like milk. Keep stirring the water occasionally.
Now strain the water in small glasses or cups. 1/2 a cup or a shot glass is enough as a daily dose of Manjal Kashayam. Add jaggery and honey as per taste.
The above is the best method to boost the immune system. I know people who have never experienced cold and cough for more than a decade just by drinking Manjal Kashayam once daily.
Try making this drink today itself and do let me know if you feel any difference. If you know someone in your family and friends who could benefit from the above recipe – please share it with them. It is a sure shot method to boost your immune system.
Good health to all and stay safe and protected!